Book Review: Vivian Apple Needs A Miracle by Katie Coyle

Title – Author: Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle – Katie Coyle
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Series/Standalone: Series – Vivian Apple #2
Format – Source: ARC – Publisher

“GET ANGRY. We should all be so pissed at the Church of America that we’re willing to break our hands in the metaphorical punching of its metaphorical face.”  —Harpreet Janda, fugitive   

The predicted Rapture by Pastor Frick’s Church of America has come and gone, and three thousand Believers are now missing or dead. Seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple and her best friend, Harpreet, are revolutionaries, determined to expose the Church’s diabolical power grab . . . and to locate Viv’s missing heartthrob, Peter Ivey. This fast-paced, entertaining sequel to Vivian Apple at the End of the World challenges readers to consider how to live with integrity in a disintegrating world. (via Goodreads)

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I loved Vivian Apple at the End of the World. It’s an odd story (what if the rapture really happened?), but the witty dialogue and girl power of Vivian and Harp captured my heart. The sequel brings all of this back, once again making me fall in love with Viv and Harp’s adventures.

Now that Viv and Harp know the Rapture was faked, they’re on the run from the Church of America. Suddenly they find themselves part of a revolution whose aim is to bring down the Church by whatever means necessary. I loved the struggle this presents to Viv, who’s torn between an overwhelming desire for revenge and the need to keep casualties at a minimum. People are constantly underestimating Viv and Harp, almost always to their detriment. Together, these two girls can do anything, and I love how strong their bond is.

I love how uniquely these books explore the different ways people deal with the end of the world. When faced with the unexplainable, what do we decide to believe in? It makes a lot of sense how powerful the Church is able to become. I also appreciated how nuanced both Believers and Non-Believers are portrayed. Neither side is entirely good or evil.

Screen Shot 2013-05-17 at 11.56.59 PMVivian Apple Needs a Miracle is a clever book that explores both the religious and political aspects of belief through the eyes of the flawed and badass teenage Vivian.

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